Rising Vermont visual artists Mildred Beltre and Una Lee will host a lawn sign painting workshop on September 30, the first of a series of "For Freedoms" events coordinated by the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
The effort is part of Vermont's contribution to the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, a national project that aims to use art as vehicle for democratic participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values.
According to press materials, the event will actively engage the local community in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: affirming the inalienable human rights of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The signs produced during the event will be created and placed on display on the VCFA college green. All materials provided for participants and all are welcome.
Workshop facilitator Mildred Beltre is an accomplished visual artist and has taught at the University of Vermont and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Facilitator Una Lee is a graphic designer, community-led arts practitioner and faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Following the sign-making event, a panel discussion will be held with artists, social activists, and educators on the topic of the role of art & contemporary democracy. For more information on ways to participate, visit the Vermont College of Fine Arts here.